It takes a big team to raise funds totaling more than 1.3 million dollars, and for 19 years of the Archbold Foundation/Archbold Classic, that team has included sponsors, professional and amateur golfers playing at Glen Arven Country Club. Proceeds from the Archbold Classic benefit the Archbold Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded to Archbold employees and local deserving students pursuing a career in healthcare.
From the beginning, the factor that has made the Archbold Classic unique among golf tournaments has been the recruitment of professional golfers from the nike.com Tour (formerly the Nationwide tour) to play with each team of amateurs. “Many of the pros who have played in the Archbold Classic have gone on to great PGA careers,” said Don Demsher, tournament director. “These include Bubba Watson, Sonny Skinner, Chris Couch, Joe Durant, Chris DiMarco, Ben Bates and Kenny Knox, to name a few. All of the pros enjoy coming to Thomasville and travel many miles to raise funds for a good cause,” Demsher added.
Contributions by businesses and individuals are what drive the fund raising success of the Archbold Classic. Many of the sponsors have contributed to all 19 tournaments.
The 20th Annual Archbold Classic will be held on November 10, 2014.